3 Things You'll Learn in the Carlson School's Human Resources Master's Program
Monday, August 7, 2023
Now with several years of work experience under their belt, we checked in with three alumni from the Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations program to learn how the program has accelerated their career knowledge and skills.
“What are three things you learned or gained from the program that may have taken you longer if you hadn’t joined the program?”
This is what they shared with us:
Jake Peggar, '18 MHRIR
Current Job: Senior HRBP Program Manager, Autodesk
His 3 things learned/gained:
1. The program's curriculum gives you exposure to all critical areas of the HR function. Whether you decide to pursue a career in compensation, talent, or business partnering, having a well-rounded understanding of the core theories across the function is invaluable and accelerates impact in any role. This broad knowledge base would take many years to acquire outside academia.
2. Business and financial acumen continue to be an area of opportunity for HR professionals. Through coursework with a business focus, such as Business Principles, Personnel Economics, Data/Metrics, and access to courses in the MBA program, I have the knowledge base and tools to better understand the "business" side of my organization.
3. The program gives you unprecedented access to a high-quality network, whether it's fellow HR professionals, MBA students, professors, or a vast alumni network. Building and having access to this network across industries, professions, and specialties would be virtually impossible to replicate through "real-world" connections alone.
Jess Zamora-Weiss, '18 MHRIR
Current Job: HR Manager, Owens Corning
Her 3 things learned/gained:
Alexus Hudson, '19 MHRIR
Current Job: HR Generalist, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Her 3 things learned/gained:
1. I learned what areas of HR I wanted to pursue, which helped guide my job search. The program provides a wide variety of courses and I learned a lot about what I liked and what I didn't like. The internship I had between the two years also helped me determine my interests. For instance, after taking HRIR 6301 Staffing, Training, and Development I realized that recruiting wasn't for me. I didn't have an interest in it. After my internship and taking HRIR 6501 Compensation and Benefits, I learned that I really liked compensation and that I potentially wanted a role that included that function.
2. The Carlson Graduate Business Career Center helped prepare me to interview for the higher caliber organizations I may not have considered applying for if I hadn't joined the program.
3. The program also expanded my HR network more in the two years I was there. I don't know if I would have the variety of people around the country in my network if I hadn't attended the Carlson School.